Published Wednesday, December 05, 2012
By ALEX MCRAE
Zombie lovers, rejoice. The streets of Senoia will be covered with undead “walkers” next year as season four of AMC TV’s smash hit “The Walking Dead” cranks up again.
The news was announced at Monday’s meeting of the Senoia Mayor and City Council by Mike Riley, of Stalwart Films, which produces the series.
“It hasn’t been announced yet, but we’ll be back here next year for season four,” Riley said.
Riley’s remarks were part of a presentation during which he thanked city officials and Senoia citizens for their help and cooperation during the filming of season three of “The Walking Dead.”
Riley said the series is not just a smash in America, but is “one of the most popular series around the world, and is now seen in 135 countries.”
After his remarks, Riley presented the mayor and council with a framed copy of a “Walking Dead” script page autographed by Andrew Lincoln, who plays zombie-smashing sheriff Rick Grimes on the show. On the script, Lincoln wrote, “Senoia Rocks.”
Mayor Robert Belisle accepted the memento and thanked Riley and all involved for their cooperation during the filming schedule. Belisle admitted he had been skeptical of how the process would work but said he was “more than pleased” with the cooperation between all parties and that the filming had been a plus for the city.
While holding the signed script, Belisle jokingly said, “There may be a little argument, but I think I’ll hang it in my office.”
In other business Monday:
A low bid of $21,500 from Crawford Grading was accepted for clearing of underbrush and unwanted growth from the railroad right-of-way from Main Street to Clark Street.
City Administrator Richard Ferry was appointed as the city’s records custodian.
Ferry reported that the Georgia Department of Transportation had approved lowering the speed limit on State Hwy. 16 near its intersection with Pylant Street from 55 to 45 mph. The mayor and council approved a resolution affirming the change.
City Attorney Drew Whalen was asked to review the law and make recommendations regarding a hotel/motel tax.
A discussion was held regarding the feasibility of creating a loading and unloading zone to accommodate the drop-off and pick-up of medical patients in both 42 and 48 Main St. The city proposed to restrict parking on the south side of Seavy St. from Baggarly Way to Main Street between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m..
The proposed restricted parking would accommodate those patients that are not handicapped and still need assistance with loading and unloading. A proposal to implement the proposal was approved.
The purchase of an ice machine for use by the Senoia Athletic Association was approved. It was made clear that although the machine will be used to provide ice at athletic events, it remains the property of the city and cannot be moved or otherwise modified without city permission.
It was announced that the city’s Candlelight Tour of Homes will be held on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. and that the Southern Living “Idea House” will remain open through Dec. 23. Operating hours are Wednesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.